New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council Supporting Local Food Issues
Initiated in 2003 through grassroots activism, the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council is composed of groups and individuals working on issues around food and agriculture systems. It educates those affected by these issues and develops and advocates for specific policy recommendations and alternatives at the local, state and national levels. The New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council is coordinated by Farm to Table, a 501(c)(3) organization, which is its fiscal sponsor.
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Sampling of Legislative Accomplishments:
- Becoming the first state to take action to improve children’s health by minimizing junk food in schools.<//li>
- Obtaining an additional $85,000 in recurring state funding secured to purchase New Mexico grown fresh fruits and vegetables for school meals serving 6,000 students in the Albuquerque area.
- Leading state efforts to increase funding for the Senior Farmers’ Market Program, providing seniors with dollars to shop at farmers markets.
- Securing state funding to establish and support two tribal extension agents, serving the Navajo Nation.
- Developing the Governor-appointment New Mexico Food Gap Task Force to research solutions to improve healthy food access and promote food-based economic development.
The New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council encourages representation from organizations, agencies, and individuals who represent a wide range of sectors (agriculture, health, human and social services, food related businesses and organizations, environment, education, economics, nutrition, transportation, and legal, such as but not limited to regional associations, land and water organizations, agriculture commodity organizations, small scale food industries and distributors, local farmers markets, grocers, cooperatives, restaurants, schools, recipients of food and agricultural programs and consumers), New Mexico communities (urban, rural, tribal) and economic circumstances.